Jan. 28, 2013
University of Minnesota head baseball coach John Anderson has announced that Matt Fiedler and Joe Martinson have been accepted to the university and will join the Golden Gopher baseball program in the fall of 2013.
Fiedler is a 5-foot, 9-inch pitcher/infielder from Eagan, Minn., and St. Paul Academy and Summit School. Named a two-time Tri-Metro All-Conference selection, Fiedler was also a two-time Pioneer Press all-state and Star Tribune all-metro selection his junior and sophomore seasons. A standout pitcher last year, Fiedler had 103 strikeouts, a 7-1 record and a 0.23 earned run average. As a hitter, Fiedler batted .566 in 2012 with eight doubles and 19 runs batted in. He also plays for the Eagan American Legion Team and is a three-time letterwinner in soccer. An honor roll student, he will graduate this spring and is the son of Charles and Anne Fiedler.
"I chose Minnesota because of the family orientated baseball program," Fiedler said. "Coach Rob Fornasiere and Coach Anderson made it a point to recruit not only me, but my entire family. Additionally, it was immediately apparent to me that the players and coaches all hold a close bond that will act as a second family for me during my time at the U of M. In respect to baseball, it's always been my dream to play Division I baseball and I'm excited and honored to be a part of a team that will represent my home state in the Big Ten. It will be great to compete for a conference championship to bring back to the University of Minnesota."
Martinson is a 6-foot, 2-inch right-handed pitcher from Chanhassen, Minn., and Minnetonka High School. Last year with the Skippers, Martinson was an all-conference honorable mention. Playing in his fifth year with Minnetonka baseball, Martinson was a four-year letterwinner in both baseball and football. As a junior, Martinson pitched in eight games and struck out 31 in 38 and 2/3 innings pitched. He also played summer ball with Excelsior Legion. A standout student, Martinson has been on the honor roll and will graduate this spring. He's the son of Brett Martinson and Lynn Walker.
"I chose Minnesota because I wanted to keep the family tradition as my dad went to the U of M and I've been a Gopher all my life," Martinson said. "As well as family tradition, Coach Fornasiere and Coach Anderson really sold me on their team philosophy. They emphasize character and work ethic above all and I highly respect that."
Assistant Head Baseball Coach Rob Fornasiere scouting report:
On Matt Fiedler: Matt is a very versatile athlete that will help on the mound and in the field. He is athletic, runs well and has a very strong arm. Matt has thrown 90 mph as a pitcher and dominated the Tri-Metro Conference in 2012. He reminds the coaching staff of former Gopher AJ Petterson.
On Joe Martinson: Joe is a very good athlete and is an emerging talent in Minnesota. His arm works well, has an athletic pitching body, has shown 84-86 velocity and good command of his off-speed pitches. Joe comes from a long line of Minnetonka baseball players to be Gophers including AJ Petterson, Brad Kearin, Mike Mahady, Rob Larue, Steve Comer, Joe Comer and Jason Kennedy.
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